Many thanks for all your help Paul.
We can believe how late you work. Your support and guidance has been invaluable – no wonder you’re good!
Brian & Annette.
This testimonial was received in response to a Renown Facebook status update posted last week;
What would you think? Do you look past this sort of thing when you are house hunting?
Michael Stewart of Cramlington replied:
I would not view a house if it looked messy or untidy on the photos.
This is,possibly the biggest financial outlay most people will make and the photos are like a shop window for buyers.
If people want to sell their homes make an effort, and on that note, when Paul came to photograph our house it was lovely and tidy, but he still gave some sound advice on placing furniture to make the room look bigger!!
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Talking to a friend who runs an estate agency in Surrey yesterday. He operates in a rather ” sought after” area. Prices of houses on his web site range from about a million up to about eleven million. Nice!
I’m in the middle of a Facebook survey to find out what puts people off buying a house that’s in the right place at the right price.
I’ll let you know when I have the results in.
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I had a visit from a guy the other day. We’ve just sold a family property for him and he finds himself with some funds. Not sure what to do but interested in buy to let property as an investment, he spent quite a few hundred quid on a taster course on the subject.
Having attended, paid and not learned much, he was offered a full course at a cost of several thousand pounds which promised to teach him all about everything.
As the chap running the course seemed a massive bit pushy, he asked for time to think about it. So he thought about it.
That’s why he came to see me. I gave him enough information to set him off and will keep him right.
Free of charge.
What’s in it for me then?
Good customer relations and repeat business.
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There is a trend towards mortgage lenders refusing potential borrowers with pay day loans.
Why? I suppose it’s because pay day loans are targeted at people who, maybe, can’t manage their finances. We all get into scrapes from time to time and money has been tight for lots of us over the past few years but if the bank won’t help, your family can’t help and your credit cards are maxed out then the pay day lenders are a very last resort, even though their TV ads make them look like your best friend.
So just think about it carefully. Your credit rating is your best friend if you are looking for a mortgage. Remember this and think twice.
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Nearly Shakespeare and it’s only ten past nine.
I get so many published emails about property. This morning I got two contradicting pieces about the buy to let market.
One said it was time to invest and predicted a bright future but the other suggested that any future rise in interest rates may spoil things.
They both seemed to make some sort of sense. The problem with predictions always seems to be that they emanate from a commentator in London. I am looking at it from a local view point.
It really doesn’t matter what the topic is, there are always conflicting points of view. It’s a bit of a half full, half empty thing.
The sales market is definitely improving but the restriction of high loan to value mortgages is holding things back. The rental market is really busy with most houses being snapped up the day they come onto the market. Returns are good. Rising interest rates would affect earnings but when the sales market gains momentum, prices will rise and the buy to let owner can sell on at a profit.
Things are starting to move in Cramlington. With new shops, a cinema and a new hospital a bright future is assured.
So buy or buy to let? What’s to lose?
So, whichever way you look at it, you should be winning.
Recent figures released show that there has been a 49% increase in buy to let tenant demand in the north but only a 6% increase in London.
That’s all for now folks!
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